Designed for Deep Space

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor building NASA's Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the only spacecraft designed for long-duration, human-rated deep space exploration. Orion will transport humans to interplanetary destinations beyond low Earth orbit, such as the moon and eventually Mars, and return them safely back to Earth.

Backup Systems

Built with backup systems so astronauts can get back home safely in an emergency

Radiation Protection

Orion is constructed with a shelter specifically designed to protect the crew against deadly radiation storms

Interplanetary Travel

Capable of traveling to the moon, trekking to Mars or supporting any 1,000 day mission in deep space.

Thermal Protection

Thermal protection keeps the crew module at a balmy 72 degrees, whether it’s -300 degrees or 4,000 degrees outside

Life Support

Designed with a life support system that clears out heat during exercise

Orion Components


Exploration Mission-1

The Exploration Mission-1 Orion spacecraft is undergoing assembly and test at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA and Lockheed Martin are approaching the end of Orion’s development phase, having successfully tackled many of the toughest engineering challenges associated with human exploration of deep space. The team remains on track for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) in 2020 and Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2), the first crewed flight, as early as 2022.


Additional Information

Gary Napier